NCDES Newsletter June 2013

The past year has been a wonderful one for us here at North Coast Distance Education School. Many interesting things happened and we would like to share some of the highlights with you. From having a great Fun day at Lakelse Lake to interviewing BC Premier Christy Clark, and much more besides. Please let us know what your highlight of the year was.

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NCDES Students, Families, and Staff Enjoy a Fun Day at Lakelse Lake!

Photo Credit: Dianne Smith

NCDES would like to thank students and families who attended our May 24th Fun Day. This year’s Fun Day was held at Lakelse Lake Provincial Park Picnic Site (Lakelse Lake Provincial Park is located on Hwy 37, 14km from Terrace). Despite overcast skies, students and staff had a lot of fun. We enjoyed a variety of activities including:

  • Learning how to set up a teepee
  • Mr. McKay’s fire building lesson
  • Relays – check out the Mummy, Dress Up, and Popcorn Relay photos!
  • Games
  • Crafts
  • And more …

We also enjoyed a splendid barbeque lunch!

A huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Piattoni for volunteering to coordinate this event. Also, thank you to Mr. McKay and Mr. Sterner for setting up the teepee. It was wonderful to experience the warmth of this shelter, complete with a fire started by Lucas Erni (see the video below demonstrating how this fire was built). We hope you enjoy the video.

NCDES Fun Day 2013

Video Editing Credit: Geoff McKay

Is Somebody Singing

This is the video of our staff singing “Is Somebody Singing”, along with Commander Hadfield and thousands of Canadians across our country, in celebration on Music Monday (6th of May). What a thrill to join such an event!

Interviews with BC Premier Christy Clark and Attorney General Shirley Bond

We recently interviewed two of the top BC government officials: the Honourable Christy Clark and the Honourable Shirley Bond. They provided some very useful insights about education and we invite you to watch their interviews below.



If there is anyone you would like us to interview in a similar manner, please let us know and if appropriate, we’ll try to make it happen. Also, if you have an interview that you feel would be appropriate for us to showcase, please tell us about it and again, if appropriate, we will put it up on our next newsletter or facebook page.

Anti-Bullying Day (a.k.a. Pink Shirt Day)

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Wednesday, Feb. 27, is Pink Shirt Day.

Wear pink to symbolize a stand against bullying.


Anti-Bullying Day, or Pink Shirt Day, started as a protest against a bullying incident at a Nova Scotia high school  in 2007. The original event, organized by grade 12 students David Shepherd and Travis Price (who bought and distributed 50 pink shirts), turned the tide against bullies who picked on a male student for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school.

Join us in taking a stand against bullying!


Here are a few resources/links and videos that may be of interest.



Student Perspective of Online Learning at NCDES

Four dynamic North Coast Distance Education School (NCDES) students answer the question “How has online learning changed your life?” NCDES is located in Terrace, British Columbia, although students may reside anywhere in B.C.

Video can be found at

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